Centrowitz claims 1,500-meter title
Utilizing his vicious kick,
Matthew Centrowitz pulled away on the final lap for his third 1,500-meter title in five years at the U. S. outdoor championships in Eugene, Ore.
The former All-Met from Broadneck High finished in 3 minutes 37.25 seconds to earn one of the three spots for the world championships in Beijing later this summer. Former Virginia runner Robby Andrews, normally an 800 specialist, finished second in 3:38.75. Another former Cavalier,
Stephanie Garcia (Broad Run High), earned her spot on the world team by finishing second to Emma Coburn in the 3,000 steeplechase.
Kate Murphy, a rising junior at Lake Braddock, kicked on the backstretch to make up a huge deficit and won the junior 1,500 by nearly five seconds in 4:16.98. The mark is No. 10 all time by a U.S. high schooler, according to Mile Split. By finishing in the top two, she earned a spot in the Pan American junior championships later this summer.
T.C. Williams’s Noah Lyles, who won the junior 100 on Friday in the fourth-fastest time in high school history in 10.14, broke the meet record and another Virginia state record in winning the 200 in 20.18. He missed the American junior record only because he eased into the finish line.
Joining Murphy and Lyles in Edmonton will be Loudoun Valley’s Andrew Hunter, who finished second in the junior 1,500 in 3:58.48; former Poolesville All-Met and current Virginia runner Chase
Weaverling, who was runner-up in the junior 10,000 in 31:32.88; and former Lake Braddock All-Met Hannah Christen, who won the junior 3,000 steeplechase in 10:40.61 in a North Carolina uniform.
The biggest surprise came in the women’s 400. Allyson Felix surged to the win in the final 100 meters in 50.19 seconds, while Francena McCorory, who had the two fastest times in the world this year, stumbled down the stretch and finished fourth. She still could go to worlds if Felix relinquishes the spot to focus on the 200.
Justin Gatlin had the fastest time in the 200 prelims in 19.92, while Oregon’s Jenna Prandini led the way for the women in 22.18. David Verburg snuck by world
champion LaShawn Merritt to win the 400 in 44.63.
The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms with goalie Devan Dubnyk on a six-year contract worth a reported $26 million. . . .
The Arizona Coyotes traded forward Sam Gagner and a draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman Nicklas
Grossmann and the contract of defenseman Chris Pronger.
The draft pick will be a conditional fourth-round pick in 2016 or a third-rounder in 2017. . . .
The New York Rangers traded goaltender Antti Raanta to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward
The Rangers also traded Cam
Talbot to Edmonton, leaving an opening at goaltender behind
AJ Allmendinger, developing as the top driver on road courses, won the pole for Sunday’s race at winding Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway. . . .
Graham Rahal held on to the lead out of a caution with three laps left to earn his second Indy Car win, closing out a wild, record-setting day at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
The race was marred by an injury to a crew member for Dale Coyne Racing who was struck by
Tristan Vautier’s car during a pit
Owen Trower, Vautier’s front left tire changer, had to be helped to a cart and was taken to a local hospital with a lower-extremity injury, according to Indy Car.
Paraguay beat Brazil, 4-3, in a shootout after a 1-1 draw to advance to the semifinals of the Copa America in Concepcion, Chile. . . .
In MLS play, Octavio Rivero scored on a penalty kick in the 31st minute, and the Vancouver Whitecaps snapped the New England Revolution’s 17-game home unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory in Foxborough, Mass.
Maurice Edu punched home a rebound from in front of the Montreal goal in the 76th minute, and the Philadelphia Union salvaged a soggy 2-2 drawwith the Impact in Chester, Pa.
Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan beat Sam Querrey of the United States, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-6), in the final of the grass-court Nottingham (England) Open to win his first ATP title. . . .
Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic won her first title by beating
Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, in the Eastbourne (England) final. . . .
For the first time since boycotting the 1984 Olympics, Russia won’t have a women’s basketball team in the Olympics.
Russia finished in sixth place at the Euro Basket tournament, losing to Turkey in overtime, 6866. The winner of the tournament gets an automatic bid to Rio. The next four teams receive bids to a last-chance Olympic qualifying tournament.